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Richard E. "Dick" Macfarlane

Richard E. "Dick" Macfarlane
  • October 11, 1946 - January 3, 2018
  • Ashland, Massachusetts

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“Dick was a Waltham High School classmate and a great, caring friend. After WHS, we both headed off to Northeastern. We car pooled in my 1955...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Jim McDonnell - Waltham/Milton, MA

“Dear Linda and family, I was so sad to hear about Dick's passing. I just read about it today. I just wanted to let you know Iam sending you love and...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Susan Berrio Murray - Waltham, MA

“I have fond memories of Dick from our high school days - an all around good guy. Dick and Linda are in our prayers. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: chuck and rebecca mccullough - MA

“So truly sad that the world is without Dickie in it.......a great loss for all who knew him. Linda - I am praying for you and your family at this...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Shaw Warren - Marlborough, MA

“Linda, Brian, Jen and Family,May the beauty of Dicks' soul bring you joy in his remembrance and celebration of life.Michael and Donna Wiles and Family ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Wiles - Medway, MA

“Thinking of you all at this hard time. It was our pleasure to help take care of Dick. He had a smile that could light up a room.Thinking of youKara...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Kara Miller - Wellesley, MA

“I have known Dick for more than 30 years. I saw him as a father and husband and there was no man on the earth who dd a better job at either.He was a...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: mary davis - Hudson, MA

“I am profoundly sorry for this loss. I remember Dick as such a sweet and kind man, talented in his woodworking skills :) ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“Linda, Brian, Jen and family,I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. You have our prayers for the peace that passes all understanding as you say...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Kathy Daley - Lake Worth, FL

“I'm so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I was a co-worker of Dick's at Clinical Science Lab. Dick was my boss and over the many years of working...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Mike Barry - Brockton, MA

“As the wife of one of Richards' roommate at Newton/Wellesley, I had the privilege to share this gentle mans'hisory with Linda in the dining area. ...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Marie Hughes - Framingham, MA

“Megan, our condolences ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: ur frnds - sillim, MA

“Strong and vivid memories of Dickie-Fred Kneisel-Dave Anderson as rascalcub scouts of the 1950's in Mrs. Kneisel's Den - Pack 74 Christ Churchin...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Thomas Casey - Billerica, MA

“We were saddened and shocked to hear of Dick^s passing......He was a kind gentleman and a gentle man......He was lucky to have a loving, caring and...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Charlie and Loretta Batchelder - MA

“So Sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I was a neighbor in Piety Corner and a fellow 1965 Waltham High School graduate. Condolences to his wife Linda...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Dick Leard


Ashland- Dick Macfarlane died peacefully on January 3 from a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He so often assured his family that 'everything will be fine'. And now for Dick . . . everything is fine.

Richard A. Macfarlane was born October 11, 1946 in Waltham, a son of the late Elton C. and Grace L. (Johnson) Macfarlane. Raised and educated in Waltham he was a graduate of Waltham High School with the class of 1965 and later earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Northeastern University.

Early on in his life he met Linda A. Welch at First Congregational Church in Waltham. They shared a mutual birthday and on January 3, 1970 they exchanged wedding vows and married at the church that brought them together. Forty-eight years to the day later, Linda gently clutched his hand as he passed from this life to the next.

They lived in Waltham before moving to Natick in 1972. Thirty-five years later they moved to Middleborough and then to Ashland in 2012.

Dick was a talented woodworker and was active in his children's activities and athletics including coaching soccer and basketball teams for both. Sharing precious moments that created a lifetime of memories defined Dick's life. Every summer brought with it the adventure of a cross-country trip living out of a pop-up camper. Dinner was always followed by a board game or a game of cards. Waltham's Piety Corner Club hosted delightful nights out where Dick and Linda enjoyed ballroom dancing. And every trip to Ogunquit, Maine included a stroll along the Marginal Way.

Dick worked his entire career as a chemist for Clinical Science Labs in Mansfield before retiring in 2014.

In addition to his wife of forty-right years, Linda, he leaves their children, Brian R. Macfarlane of Marshfield and Jennifer L. Brenneman and her husband, Matthew, of Natick; his grandchildren, Jack Macfarlane and Cameron, Madelyn and Tyson Brenneman; his brother, Rev. Robert B. Macfarlane and his wife, Diana, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Dick's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rt. 20) Waltham, on Tuesday, January 9th from 4 to 7 p.m. His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, January 10th in First Church Natick, 2 East Central Street, Natick. Rev. Victoria Guest will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorials in Dick's name may be made to Alzheimer's Research, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.